Banksy. Do we invest?

Last week saw the opening of his latest exhibition. At a hotel nestled against the controversial barrier wall separating Israel from Palestine, Banksy has transformed the building with art and sculpture synonymous with its geographical and historical positon. Although it’s fair to say it will be critically analysed over the coming weeks with both good and bad reviews, one thing for certain is that Banksy is back on top of the art world. The honorary top spot was compounded by the fact that yesterday Sotheby’s sold a piece ‘This is a pipe’ for £285,000. A sum double its estimate.

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Banksy is certainly hot property so let’s speculate as to why he continues to take the art world by storm. One might suggest his ideas are current and mainstream, incorporating a humorous stance residing within international cultures outlining war, consumerism, social media and politics. Others believe his success to be predominantly based upon a supposedly discreet identity. I personally believe his success is down to sheer skill in delivering the concept and by this I don’t mean his ability to stencil and spray paint onto a wall but to continue to create works that intrigue and inspire the entire globe. The old saying of letting the art do the talking is obviously paramount here and echoes forth with regards to the simply staggering effect Banksy has had upon the art market throughout his career.

So, down to the facts. A lot of people feel that Banksy paints on walls and or occasionally creates murals for A List celebrities, however obtaining a piece of art by Banksy doesn’t have to be that difficult… Here in the gallery we are exhibiting unsigned and signed works by Banksy. Over the past decade Banksy has released much signed work into the market. He created a number of limited editions that have become incredibly collectible, the most sought after being the famous ‘Girl with Balloon’. A piece (in good condition) is worth up to £70,000 on the open market. Not a bad investment considering its initial retail ticket was around £200.

As I mentioned there are a number of pieces in various galleries and adorning the walls of collectors. Some more exciting and deemed more collectable than others. The gallery is pleased to announce a number of signed and unsigned pieces by Banksy are on display. You are welcome to view works below with further more in our studio. If you would like information regarding his works or any particular pieces do contact us.

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‘Pulp Fiction’ by Banksy

Released in 2004 and signed by the artist.

This work is presented within a large card mount and modern black frame.

£16,000

 

Grannies - Edition 150 - 56 x 76 - £20,000

‘Grannies’ by Banksy

Released in 2006. This work is an unsigned, limited edition by the artist.

This work is presented within a large card mount and modern black frame.

£6,000

 

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‘Morons’ by Banksy

Released in 2007. This work is an unsigned, limited edition by the artist.

This work is presented within a large card mount and modern black frame.

£7,000

Kind Regards,

George Thornton Art

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN – Tel : 01159243555

 

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Harry Bunce – Making Love

Firstly we should possibly mention world renowned graffiti artist Banksy. The artist had many recurring motifs and themes in his work, such as criticizing war, government, political figures and recurring characters. Perhaps the most significant of characters is his Rat.

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The Marmite of rodents that live amongst us. Bristolian counter artist Harry Bunce portrays the same sentiment in his work albeit crossing the softer natured character of the Rabbit. Harry’s work ‘Making Love’ features a smoking Rabbit holding a paintbrush in his paws and on the wall, he has drawn a heart. The heart is dripping with paint (bleeding?), probably due to the rabbits unsteady paws, but it’s bold and complete. In this image, Harry’s work emerged as a tribute to the transforming power of Love, moved to capture Love as a timeless and elemental force, the eternal pull of a tide drawing the affection we have for one another or place or possible even a rodent…

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‘Love Making’ by Harry Bunce

Limited edition to just 33 copies…

Presented within a float mount and off white wooden frame

Priced at £385 (Spread the payment over 10 months, interest free)

George Thornton Art

Unit 12A, Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

Tel – 01159243555

Harry Bunce

What makes the artist JJ Adams so popular?

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JJ Adams…

This exciting young artist is touted as being the Next Big Thing on the British art scene. With his challenge to the heart of British cultural values – members of the Royal family displayed with full sleeve tattoos, iconic buildings such as Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Westminster depicted defaced by graffiti, Adams strikes at the heart of our cultural consciousness with his work.

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“Rule Brittania – St Pauls”

In the same way that Banksy became the art world’s darling, filling the vacuum left by the end of the love affair with the YBAs, Adams is making a name for himself, aided by Wishbone Publishing, with his phenomenal output. Born in Plymouth, Adams was raised in South Africa, remaining there until the end of the apartheid era when he returned to these shores with the aim of becoming a tattoo artist. Little wonder then that his obsession with body art spills over into his work, evidenced in his ‘Tattoo Series’ where icons of royalty, music and the silver screen are depicted with awesome full sleeve and knuckle tattoos. The ubiquity of the tattoo in mainstream culture must play a part in his appeal to the mainstream art audience, but there is more to his art than purely capitalising on a social trend. His interest in printing and in graphic design – honed when working in the South West as a printer whilst experimenting with art in his spare time – are evident in the stylised way much of his work is presented. Combining media such as printing, collage, spray paint, screen prints and hand painted acrylics, his work has attracted attention from Christie’s, Rolls Royce, Vogue and GQ magazines with its rawness, energy and passion, but also with its accessibility and broad subject appeal.

But, like Banksy, Adams is certainly not a mainstream fine artist, and similarly, much of his work remains true to the roots of his style and influences. Where Banksy’s popularity came from the street through recognition of his graffiti and its subsequent elevation to ‘art’, Adams work is equally accessible and most importantly recognisable in its representation of things ‘normal’ that have been given Adams’ treatment which, in challenging their orthodoxy, cause the audience to consider their own response to these significant cultural icons. However, being able to picture Buckingham Palace with graffitied gate posts somehow appeals to the British sense of humour and perhaps more importantly makes the audience question why the imagery is such a visual shock. To have the artistic vision to produce works that speaks on such an accessible level to the man in the street and yet which so cleverly strikes at the heart of our culture is evidence of Adams’ skill and gives a big clue as to why his work is generating such excitement in the art – and wider – community. Fundamentally this is what makes JJ Adams so popular and undeniably an artist to invest in!

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“Love Gun”

Signed limited edition print on paper. Framed just £435.

(Own Art available, spread the payment over 10 months interest free)

New in For July

Check out some of our amazing new works in for July from the amazing Gail Troth, Russell Hatton and a special one off we’ve managed to get our hands on from Banksy.

Browse featured works by the artists below.

Don’t forget that the Ian Hodgson Show is still running and finishes tomorrow. Make sure you don’t miss out and get down to the Gallery so you can enjoy this outstanding exhibition.

For more details check out our website or contact us at the gallery available in house, by phone and email. Ask for George or Daniel.

Works by Banksy

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Nola (White Rain)
Signed Gift Graphic on Paper (Framed)
29.5″ x 38.5″
£4950 or just 18 monthly installments of £275

This is a unique piece that was originally gifted to Banky’s scaffolder, the man who sets up the platforms on which Banksy is able to create his works. We have a letter certifying the authenticity of the piece from Pest Control (The group that authenticate Banksy’s).

Works by Gail Troth

Troth’s works are created without her even touching the canvas. Done by dripping oil onto canvas using various tactics to manipulate the paint as it falls.

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‘Surreal View’
Oil on Canvas
39.5″ x 19″
£995 or just 10 monthly installments of £99.50Image
‘Eternal Landscape in Blue’
Oil on Canvas
47″ x 15.5″
£995 or just 10 monthly installments of £99.50

Works by Russell Hatton

Working with aluminium and an array of pulley systems. Hatton is able to create these truly inspiring landscapes and abstract visuals.

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‘Entelechy Verde’
Oil on Canvas
54″ x 34″
£3000 or just 14 monthly installments of £214Image

‘Into the Blue’
Oil on Canvas
54″ x 34″
£3000 or just 14 monthly installments of £214

The Ian Hodgson Exhibition (Saturday 13th July – Saturday 20th July)

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Growth of internet sales increases the possibility of art fraud!

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We all love a bargain, and where better to find something at a discounted rate than the web, but when it comes to buying art online should consumers be far more cautious about the bargains on offer to them? The ‘New York Times’ recently pointed out the disproportionate amount of cheap originals from old masters such as Picasso and  Rembrandt, some selling for as little as $900 (that’s around £580 to us Brits). Those knowledgeable about the price such works usually sell for will immediately feel dubious and perhaps question the legitimacy of such works to great lengths before adding it to ones basket. However the number of consumers being duped into buying these bargain masters is on the rise and looks set to grow further unless something is done soon, either in policing these fraudulent sites or trying to educate those looking to buy art.

At the moment Policing online art markets is something of a problem area.  An online article by ’The Art Newspaper’ highlights perfectly some of the issues faced, particularly regarding whether or not sellers acted dishonestly when advertising art for sale:

‘Attempting to prove that the seller intended to deceive bidders is made more difficult by the fact that many online descriptions of works (including legitimate ones) are vague. More evidence would be needed in a situation where a piece was described as “signed by Picasso”, for example, rather than “by Picasso”

Such vague admissions allow a lot of scope for sellers to give true sounding accounts of pictures and prints for sale that may not ultimately meet consumer expectations.
A prime example of this would be a scam orchestrated by a pair on eBay who sold around £57,000 worth of Banksy prints that they purported to be legitimate. This is a particular interesting case as Banksy’s have been known to appear online and can be traded legitimately using ‘Pest Control’, a group that authenticate the sale of Banksy’s. In the past we have used ‘Pest Control’ when buying and selling works by the artist.

(If you are interested in buying a Banksy I can (and have) sourced signed limited editions for customers. Fully authenticated obviously…. Please contact the gallery for more information)

As with anything there will be winners and losses, the web has allowed plenty of young budding artists, small galleries and previously reluctant buyers the chance and opportunity to sell to and buy from a much broader range than was possible in the past. This boost to the industry should not be outweighed and forgotten by those wanting to taint the system.

For those who do buy online whether from eBay, a registered site or an online auction, just remember to do your homework, especially if they selling something as ‘original’. There would be nothing worse than buying something you think is unique, only to discover it’s been hanging in the British Museum for the past 60 years. Ask the sellers for provenance, such as a certificate of authenticity, but even then don’t fall complacent, these to can be forged. Lastly remember that although the web can from time to time offer us a bargain, just keep in mind that if something seems to good to be true, then the likelihood (especially when it comes to the old masters) is that it probably is.

If you have any questions or queries please feel free to contact the gallery and I will be happy to help.